UPDATED 12:11 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Military Veterans are another step closer to having their own cemetery on the east side of South Dakota.
Officials broke ground in the rain Monday at the State Veterans Cemetery in northeast Sioux Falls. Speakers at the ceremony say it’s important for the state to support Veterans with a final resting place of their own.
“The least we can do is to allow them and their families the opportunity for a place close to home to rest,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said.
The cemetery is located on a 60-acre site donated by the City of Sioux Falls.
Landscaping and construction at the cemetery is expected to be completed in 2021.
Stay with KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com for more coverage from Monday’s dedication.
In southeastern KELOLAND, it’s going to be a special day.
There will be a groundbreaking for the new State Veterans Cemetery near Sioux Falls later this morning.
According to the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, the state is home to more than 72,000 veterans and around 50,000 live in the eastern part of the state.
The nearest national cemetery available to the Veterans is in Sturgis or Ft. Snelling, Minnesota.
Now, a plot of land northeast of where Interstates 90 and 229 meet, will soon be the final resting place for many Veterans in KELOLAND.
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 9 a.m.
We looked at the years of work that’s brought the project to this point in Sunday night’s Inside KELOLAND. Plus, what it means for thousands of veterans and their families right here in KELOLAND.